Salmon Fly Fishing Getaways in Quebec, Canada

 

Atlantic salmon fishing on the george river, Quebec

Test your angling skills at one of the most remote lodges in North America, accessible only by air. Wedge Hills Lodge is located on the famous George River, splendid and endless, wild and impetuous, with countless rapids where the king of the river, the Atlantic salmon, fight their way against the current in impressive numbers year after year.

In addition to Atlantic salmon fishing, you can also fish these cold waters for other popular species that abound and reach unparalleled sizes in the vast north such as landlocked arctic char, brook trout and lake trout.

Over the years, the George River has become one of the world's most famous rivers for Atlantic salmon fishing. With average daily catches between 10-18 lbs (reaching over 30 lbs in some cases!), and exclusive access to 30 miles on one of the most virgin and wild river systems in the world, the territory offers an unforgettable adventure to even the most experienced of anglers. 

Guided daily outings to different rapids or known fishing pools by 22' freighter canoe with 30 HP jet motors is an experience in itself.  All guides have extensive experience on the water and in navigating the rapids to ensure clients' safety.  To enhance the experience, migrating caribou from the George River Herd are often seen while traveling the river. 

Angler's can enjoy a fresh shore lunch or an evening dinner with their respective catches if they so desire, however, we encourage catch and release best practices for all species in order to sustain these precious resources for future generations.

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Fly fishing recommendations

  • 9-10 foot fly rod (8 or 9 weight)

  • A breakdown 4-piece rod is best for travel

  • 200-250 yards of 30 lb. test backing

  • Leaders for salmon: #8-15

  • leaders for char and brook trout: #4-8

  • For wet flies, riffle hitch knot is recommended

FLY FISHING SEASON: JUNE 1 - SEPTEMBER 30

Atlantic salmon, landlocked arctic char

***brook trout, lake trout, northern pike closes September 7th***

 

The fresh run of Atlantic salmon begins around the first week in August and continues until the end of September.  The occasional black salmon & landlocked arctic char, and an abundance of brook trout and lake trout are present all season.

While it is well-known that Atlantic Salmon populations have declined in many regions in recent years, the runs observed on the George River in 2016, 2017 and 2018 have produced more large salmon, and in greater quantities than the 30 previous seasons. 

Sustainable fishing practices are at the forefront of every fishing expedition with INUA.  The thrill of hooking this aggressive "king of the river" on a fly rod is almost as satisfying as feeling the power in its tail as it is released back into the depths. 

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Recommended Fly Patterns for Atlantic Salmon

(wet / dry) for Atlantic salmon in sizes 8/6/4/2

  • Black bear green butt

  • Rusty rat

  • Rhulin's riot

  • Black muddler minnow

  • Blue or silver doctor

  • Green pearl

  • Black, brown and green Bomber

  • Green machine bug

  • Muddler minnow

  • Green highlander

Recommended Fly Patterns for Landlocked Char and Brook Trout

(wet / dry) for char and brook trout in sizes 12/10/8/6

  • Chernobyl ant

  • Sculpin

  • Mickey finn

  • Wooly bugger

  • Double bunny

  • Bomber

  • Ausable and royal wulff

Aerial Excursions

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torngat mountains & coastal labrador

The Torngat Mountains are a mountain range on the Labrador Peninsula at the northern tip of Newfoundland and Labrador and eastern Quebec. They are part of the Arctic Cordillera. The mountains form a peninsula that separates Ungava Bay from the Atlantic Ocean.

The Torngat Mountains have a substantial geographical extent. About 56% of the range is located in Quebec, 44% is in Labrador, and the remainder, less than 1%, is located on Killiniq Island in Nunavut. At least 2% of the mountain chain is under water, and poorly surveyed. The Torngat Mountains cover 30,067 square kilometres (11,609 sq mi), including lowland areas and extend over 300 km (186 mi) from Cape Chidley in the north to Hebron Fjord in the south. The Torngat Mountains have the highest peaks of eastern continental Canada.

Torngat Mountains are among the oldest on Earth and have been dated at roughly 3.6 to 3.9 billion years old!

The regions of Nunavik and Northern Labrador are virtually uninhabited by humans - only a few low-population Inuit communities can be found along the coastal areas, while the interior territory is vacant of any human settlement.  

It is a land of ethereal beauty; rugged sweeping mountains and meandering rivers.  Due to the severity of the climate for most of the year, animal and fish species are among the toughest in the world in order to survive. 

Travel in the comfort of your own private aircraft to view and photograph caribou, polar bear, arctic wolves, peregrine falcon, golden eagle, majestic mountains with fjords cutting inward from the sea, icebergs and surging waves slamming the rock faces along the coast.  Am impressive display of natural, rugged beauty that most probably cannot be repeated elsewhere.  This tour is a definite must-do for visitors to the region!

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ICEBERGS OFF THE LABRADOR COAST

10,000 YEAR OLD GLACIAL GIANTS

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FRASER RIVER VALLEY

A GEOLOGICAL TRENCH STRETCHING 105 KM

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HEBRON, LABRADOR

FORMER MORAVIAN MISSION  FOUNDED IN 1831

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uniform whiskey juliet at your service

The Beaver has become one of the more iconic aircraft to have been produced in Canada.  Shortly after the end of the Second World War, de Havilland Canada made the decision to orient itself towards civilian operators, and has since been primarily operated as a bush plane due to it's STOL (short take-off and landing) performance and all-metal construction.

Uniform Whiskey Juliet comes fully equipped with seating for 5, including an intercom for all passengers in order for guests to learn from pilot and guide, Richard Hume, during the voyage.  During non-critical periods of flight, guests can ask questions and interact with Richard to understand what they are seeing below and fully benefit from the experience.

 

Hiking Tours in Quebec

Discover the flora and fauna of the subarctic

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quebec labrador caribou

There is no better place in the world than Nunavik, Quebec to experience the impressive yearly migration of caribou.  The sound of clicking hooves is enough to spark an adrenaline rush even before their massive, velvet-covered antlers come into view!  Watch and wonder as they effortlessly cross large bodies of water, and hike from the depths of valleys to the tops of eskers in record time.  They are curious creatures that often keep approaching even after they have caught sight or smell of humans, allowing for excellent photo opportunities and an experience not soon to be forgotten.


 

Fur and Feathers

hike the riversides and endless rolling hills of the taiga landscape for a true immersion into the subarctic.  discover the many lifeforms that call the north home - One thing you won't see are other humans...

Arctic wolf, grey Wolf & black bear

Frequent sightings of these predators remind us that we are not at the top of the food chain in the north.  The unobstructed topography of the land above the treeline provides great photo opportunities, even at a distance.  


arctic and red fox

Although much smaller in size than the red fox, the arctic fox has a wide distribution in the north due to its excellent adaptation to cold and to a wide variety of food.


rock & willow ptarmigan and snow geese

While ptarmigan are sedentary to the region, snow geese pass through in spectacular flocks as they head south to escape the imminent winter cold.

 


Berries and Bushes

Learn about the native flora; and how some of the hardiest vegetation on earth shares the land with some of the slowest-growing specimens that can take up 2 decades to replenish after over grazing...  

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blueberries, cloudberries, moss & lichen

August hikes can prove to be quite fruitful, while anytime is a good time to nap on the pillow-like lichen, more commonly known as caribou moss.

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labrador tea, fireweed, and many more

Discover the healing benefits of Labrador Tea while gazing out over a field of pink fireweed.


 

Wellness

 

In Inuit mythology, an inua ᐃᓄᐊ is a spirit or soul that exists in all people, animals, lakes, mountains, and plants. The concept is similar to mana, in that it represents a pervasive supernatural or magical power.

While southern destinations certainly have their place when it comes to relaxation, there is nothing quite like the rejuvenation and mental clarity that comes from a vacation to the far north. 

This is because the north is brimful of awe; the natural feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder.  The feeling of being insignificant next to the paramount world around us intrinsically promotes calm  - an essential element to rejuvenation and mental clarity.

While wonder and calm are beneficial in encouraging peaceful thoughts, a reasonable amount of fear is also helpful in relieving stress. In comparison to the fears we face in the modern world, the vastness and isolation of the north incites a primitive fear of the natural elements of which we have no control.  

Of course, guests will be safely in our care, and in the comfort of our facilities, and even though they may not be consciously thinking about the wonder and fear generated by the territory surrounding them, the feeling remains inescapable and can be very powerful in helping to relieve stress.               

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the inua experience...

Combined with daily immersions into the northern landscape guests can enjoy our wood-fired cedar hot tub located in our timber frame gazebo over looking the river, as well as a wood fired sauna only steps away, for a truly relaxing experience.      

 
You have enough, you do enough, you are enough - Relax, and let us take you away

Nordique Revolution

The Nordique Revolution is based on a relaxation ritual of alternating hot and cold cycles which stimulates blood flow, releases adrenaline, and ultimately leads to an increase in serotonin contributing to well being and happiness.

 Guests can experience the process as described here:

  1. Spend 15 minutes relaxing in our hot tub or sauna to increase body heat, open up your pores and eliminate toxins.
  2. Walk down to the river below and jump in!  Even during the summer, these northern waters are cold, so a quick 3 minute dip will do. The rapid change in temperature will increase your heart rate and close your pores.   

  3. Return to the relaxation chairs in the lounge for a 15 minute rest period to bring your heartbeat, blood flow and breathing back to normal.
  4. For a complete Nordique Revolution, the hot-cold-rest cycle is repeated 3-4 times, so the entire process will take 2-3 hours and will leave you feeling energized and rejuvenated!